From glittering skyscrapers to secret parks; West End theatre to Camden punk bars; the restaurants of Bond Street to the street food of Brick Lane: London is the original city of contrasts. Hang out with hipsters in Hackney, window-shop in Covent Garden, relax on Hampstead Heath or lose a night in Soho. London will surprise but it won’t disappoint.
A Day In the Capital: A Whistlestop Tour of the Big Smoke
The sheer size and scale of London can seem daunting, but the excellent public transport system means that getting around the famous sights is not difficult. London Bridge is a good starting point, heading west along the Thames. A short wander down the South Bank will take you through Borough Market (stop here to try some of the artisan cheese and meats - delicious), past Shakespeare’s Globe and onto the Tate Modern (free to enter and worth a look for the enormous Turbine Hall alone). Check out the iconic London Eye in the distance. Cross over the Millennium Bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral and from here, take the tube west to Marble Arch and relax with a coffee by Hyde Park’s Serpentine. From here, Regents Park, Buckingham Palace and the Natural History Museum are all just a short walk away and the rest of the day is yours.